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2008MNRAS.383..375C - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 383, 375-382 (2008/January-1)

Spatial distribution of stars and brown dwarfs in σ Orionis.


Abstract (from CDS):

I have re-visited the spatial distribution of stars and high-mass brown dwarfs in the σ Orionis (σ Ori) cluster (∼3Ma, ∼360pc). The input was a catalogue of 340 cluster members and candidates at separations less than 30arcmin to σ Ori AB. Of them, 70 per cent have features of extreme youth. I fitted the normalized cumulative number of objects counting from the cluster centre to several power-law, exponential and King radial distributions. The cluster seems to have two components: a dense core that extends from the centre to r ~ 20arcmin and a rarified halo at larger separations. The radial distribution in the core follows a power law proportional to r1, which corresponds to a volume density proportional to r–2. This is consistent with the collapse of an isothermal spherical molecular cloud. The stars more massive than 3.7Mconcentrate, however, towards the cluster centre, where there is also an apparent deficit of very low mass objects (M < 0.16M). Last, I demonstrated through Monte Carlo simulations that the cluster is azimuthally asymmetric, with a filamentary overdensity of objects that runs from the cluster centre to the Horsehead Nebula.

Abstract Copyright: 2007 The Author. Journal compilation © 2007 RAS

Journal keyword(s): stars: formation - stars: low mass, brown dwarfs - open clusters and associations: individual: σ Orionis

CDS comments: In Chap. 1 : Brown Dwarf B05 2.03-617 = [KJN2005] 2.03 617

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